Jamaica – National Council of YMCAs
Date of foundation of the YMCA: 1920
Membership Status: Full Member
Full member of the World Alliance of YMCAs since: 1975
Brief YMCA History
The National Council of YMCAs of Jamaica was inaugurated during a District Conference of the Y’s Men’s Club held in St. Catherine in 1966. This development was a significant stage of organisational development in co-ordination of the existing YMCAs – Kingston, Spanish Town, Vere, Montego Bay including the affiliate District Council of Y’s Men’s Club. This Council has enabled more regularised communication with other National, Area Council and the World Alliance of YMCA – Geneva. Grace Kennedy for over nine (9) years seconded Mr. Basil Ferguson who acted as National General Secretary. During that period reasonable efforts were made to maintain and keep in contact, a communication system so that the YMCAs were kept informed on activities of the YMCA both locally and internationally. On many occasions when meetings were called these had to be cancelled or postponed as the attendance was very poor and in some instances only one or two persons responded. The Council has had problems in fulfilling its mandate as great difficulties have been experienced in identifying and/or its inability to raise the necessary funds so that it can be an effective Council, thus the impact of the Council on the YMCAs movement in Jamaica is very minimal.
1. To foster a cohesive National Movement and a sense of belonging to world-wide Christian fellowship.
2. To assist and coordinate the work of Local Associations in the fulfilment of the purpose of the YMCA as set forth in following historical statement :
‘The Young Men’s Christian Association seeks to unite those young men who, regarding Jesus Christ as their God and Saviour, according to the Holy Scriptures, desire to be His disciples in their faith and in their life, and to associate the efforts for the extension of His Kingdom amongst young men.
3. To cooperate with other national and international agencies with purposes consistent with the YMCA.
The main Programmes provided in Jamaica are as follows:
– Leadership Development Training
– Christian Emphasis
– Vocational Youth Development (targetting street children and youth at risk)
– Motivational Talks
– Facilitate provisions of Social Services, eg. Wheelchairs, food, etc.
– Staff Development
– Linkages with Non-Government Organisations and Government Ministries, the Police, Family Court etc.
– Mentorship Programme
– Linkages with the Services Clubs, such as Rotary, Kiwanis, Optimist etc.
– Facilitate the practicum and community services from Tertiary Institutions and Work Experience Facilitate Churches for meetings and Baptismal Services.
Address – National Office
Ms Sarah Newland-Martin
National Council of YMCAs
21 Hope Road
No YMCA accomodation available in Jamaica.